The results of the primary earlier this month became final and official Friday, showing turnout was higher than expected.

The Kansas Board of Canvassers met at the secretary of state’s office to certify the Aug. 5 results. The board made no changes to the results.

However, Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh did say turnout was higher than the 319,000 voters he had predicted before the election.

Officially, 371,121 Kansans, or 22.45 percent of those registered, voted in the primary. The figure was below the 2004 mark when 488,002 voters, or 30.7 percent.

That year is comparable because it also was presidential year and the last time all legislative seats were on the ballot.

“I was wrong,” Thornburgh said. “Even being wrong, I would have to say that’s nothing to write home about.”

The board is comprised of Thornburgh, the state’s chief election officer, and representatives for Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Steve Six.

Thornburgh said the low turnout was a reflection of the number of uncontested races statewide.

Rawlins County topped turnout with 60.3 percent, while Ness County was the lowest at 13.65 percent.

The board reviewed the results from the U.S. Senate and U.S. House races, state House and Senate contests, Kansas Board of Education and various local elections. Two recounts were conducted in state House races, one for the 24th District in Johnson County, the other for the 118th District of northwest Kansas. In neither case was the outcome changed, though the winners were flopped when canvassed by local officials.

In the 24th District, Mike Slattery defeated Andy Sandler in the Democratic primary by three votes. Slattery is the son of Jim Slattery, who is challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts this fall.

In the other race, Republican Don Hineman defeated incumbent state Rep. Virginia Beamer in the 118th District by 17 votes.

Thornburgh said the next big task will be for counties to start building ballots for the Nov. 4 general election. Those ballots have to be ready to send out to military and overseas voters 45 days before the election. Advanced voting in the counties will begin 20 days before the general election.


On the Net:

Secretary of State: